Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Guentzel to CC

Sioux Falls Stampede defenseman Gabe Guentzel committed to Colorado College for next season.

Guentzel is the son of former Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel. Gabe played his high school hockey at Hill-Murray in Maplewood, Minnesota, before moving on to the Southern Minnesota Express of the NAHL, and then to the Sioux Falls Stamped of the USHL.

11 comments:

Deejer said...

...and now we know "the rest of the story".

Anonymous said...

Son of a Gopher reject.

Anonymous said...

So you think that is why Guentzel left? Because Lucia wouldn't give his kid a scholarship at Minnesota? Interesting theory....

gmf1a said...

I read he did not want his other son to go to Minnie

dggoddard said...

Look at the kids stats. He wasn't good enough to play for the Gophers. He'll be a fourth line "character kid" for CC.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Every WCHA team needs grinders who bust their butt in practice and who can be leaders on and off the ice.

Anonymous said...

I don't know... If I were a coach, I'm not sure I'd like my son on my team, especially a high profile one like Minnesota. Not because I don't want him to go to a big hockey powerhouse, but because it can get tricky. Can you really be your son's dad and coach at the same time?

Don Lucia seems to do ok with it, with Tony, but it could definitely be tricky.

I'm not sure I could be both impartially.

And, it's the Stampede, not the Stamped. :D

Anonymous said...

He wanted his son to develop.

Anonymous said...

Guentzel's kids have selected to attend to great academic institutions that also have great hockey programs. Seems like the family has it's priorities in order. Playing for a father who is a coach is a tough situation and the Guentzels have avoided it with their choices.

Anonymous said...

Lucia has no control over his players, neither does Maturi. I'm sure Mike wanted better for his son.

gmf1a said...

Of course he can't be a fourth line guy since most teams only dress 6 defensemen

USHL is interesting hockey but is pretty patterned - not many D men get big scoring totals

Anonymous said...

Lucia forced Guentzel out, as a skapegoat. Read the Star Tribune today. Lucia is an egotistical jerk and some of the players really hate him. Lucia needs to be fire NOW if the Gopher program is to excel. Talk to some of the upper classmen about Lucia. No wonder no one wants to stay at that egomanics program.